"The 2011 Series C was apparently the shortest vintage in history with warm days and cool nights. It is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% merlot, 14% Malbec and 9% Cabernet Franc, aged for 22 months in new and used barrels. There is a tangible “coolness” on the nose: not as intense of as exuberant as the previous two vintages, but replete with fine blackberry, autumn leave and mineral scents, suggesting a higher percentage of Cabernet than there actually is. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry. This is rounded and smooth with greater depth that the nose suggests. Here the Merlot plays a more conspicuous role than on the nose, fleshing and rounding out the finish that is harmonious and long. Very fine." Neal Martin
Their 42 hectare (100 acre) property is located in the Paarl region in the shadow of the Simonsberg Mountain. Since inception, Vilafonté has focused its attention on only four noble Bordeaux varieties, which have found a natural affinity for our site. The varieties planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and one of our most exciting discoveries, Malbec. Our 16 hectare (40 acre) vineyards are unique as one of the highest density planted vineyards in South Africa. All the grapes in our Vilafonté wines are grown on our property.
Vilafonté is named after vilafontes, one of the more unique soil types in our vineyard. Vilafontes is one of the oldest recorded soil types in the world and has been defined as being somewhere between 750 000 and 1.5mil years old. The age of the soil is important as it is deeply evolved and has been stripped of much of its inherent capacity, with a low production potential that encourages smaller vines, lower yields and highly concentrated fruit.